Boppers, Ritchies & Others


New York, NY

Mayalin is an actress/singer/dancer originally from Houston, TX, who recently relocated to NYC. She is in her early 20s and played Maria Elena in Endstation Theatre Company’s production of Buddy in June 2018 (Lynchburg, VA). 



Quinn portrayed the role of the Apollo performer, Jack Daw, and back-up singer/dancer in the Clear Lake concert in the fall 2017 production of Buddy at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Also suited to play Keys 2.


New York, NY

Sarah is a Southern-born singer, songwriter, and actress living in New York. She recently played Vi Petty/Hayrider/Snowbird and keys in productions of Buddy at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (Lancaster, PA) and Palace Theater in the Dells (WI), both in 2017.


WA state

Erik's first time performing as “J.P.” was at Tacoma Musical Playhouse in Washington state. His performance was so well received by reviewers and patrons alike that he was cast again three months later for the same role at The Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells, WI (spring 2017).


San Diego, CA

Actress/singer/pianist Stephanie played the role of Apollo Performer Marlena Madison in OnStage Playhouse's production of Buddy in Chula Vista, CA, over the summer of 2016, and would love to be considered for future productions of the show!   


New York, NY

Originally from Ormond Beach, Florida, Rachel is currently based in Astoria, New York. 25-year-old Rachel has played the roles of Maria Elena, Mary Lou, and a Snowbird in previous licensed productions of Buddy.


New York, NY

Mike is a New York based actor/singer who has portrayed the Big Bopper to much acclaim in many highly successful runs of Buddy including the recent 2015 US National Tour. He has also appeared as the Bopper in productions of Buddy at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre (Fort Myers, FL), Laguna Playhouse (Laguna Beach, CA), Cortland Repertory Theatre (Cortland, NY), and Casino Rama Resort & Casino (Rama, ON).


New York, NY

Originally hailing from Decatur, IL, David Reed has performed as Marvin Madison (Apollo Performer) on two national tours of Buddy (2015 U.S. and 2013 U.S. and Canada), and six productions of the show overall.


Stratford, ON / Chicago, IL

Karack is a classically trained actor and rock & roll guitarist from Chicago, IL, but currently living in Stratford, ON, where he is currently a company member with the world renowned Stratford Festival of Canada. He has appeared in Buddy both as the Big Bopper/rhythm guitar (Wisconsin Theatreworks, WI), and as Tommy Allsup (Highlands Playhouse, NC).


New York, NY
Jenny, a Midwest native now based out of New York, has been fortunate to travel the country with Buddy. She has played the role of Maria Elena on the 2013-2014 National Tour and at regional venues including Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, The El Dorado Casino (Reno), Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, and most recently at Laguna Playhouse in California during summer 2014. Jenny will reprise her role on the forthcoming 2015 Buddy U.S. tour.


New York, NY

A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, David has performed as Ritchie Valens in a number of productions of Buddy, including smash-hit runs at Forestburgh Playhouse (NY) and Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville (FL).


New York, NY

Emilio Ramos is an actor, dancer and singer based out of New York City. As 17-year-old Ritchie Valens, he has rock’n’rolled across various U.S. cities with Buddy, including on the fall/winter leg of the 2013-14 tour.